SOOOO Attack Attack! quite possibly the one band i would never find myself reviewing an album of and actually liking, BUT it’s a new year and this is defiantly a new Attack Attack! (for the most part). This Means War will be the third studio album released by the band, and as I’ve been told, will be a concept album. After listening to the record front to back, the concept seems to be focusing around one main person, who seems to be very rebellious and who consistently throughout the album talks roughly about how society as a whole have outcast-ed them and it is their time to rise up for them-self (so basically the typical “Let’s gather together and revolt” type of scenario, however don’t quote me on that.) The usual aspects of the band seem to still be fairly intact, with the exception of a few select things. First of all, The glorious auto tune that have made them household names for haters around the world, is nowhere to be seen, and for a lot of people out there this is a huge relief. With the loss of their previous vocalist, it was left up to Caleb Shomo to provide vocals, and he does deliver very well and proves that there is no need for said auto tune. 2nd, there seems to be a less reliance on heavy synthesizers and keyboard to make the music. As we have seen with the release of their single “The Wretched” the band seems to be including more aspects of the “djent” style of music and surprisingly, it works very well. And last but not least, Every song starts with “The”. I’m aware that this isn’t huge news, but i haven’t seen an album yet where the band has titled every song beginning with “The”; just a tiny observation ;). Regardless of the new sounds and the lack of auto tune, the album continues to offer the countless breakdowns and numerous half time sections seen in previous albums, so for all you metalcore lovers out there, fret not! The only complaint i would have to give about this record is that it is fairly short totaling about a whopping thirty-six minutes with only Ten songs, but on the plus side, no goofy interludes. As far as i am aware, as long as Attack Attack! continues on this trend, the band is highly likely to gain a lot more fans and more respect from musicians a like. Regardless of where this band goes, i’m sure they will still be “crabcoreing”their way there.